EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Christie On Police Forces And Presidential Polls

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — If Gov. Chris Christie had it his way he would dissolve municipal police departments and create new countywide forces – one in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties.

“I don’t even know that the bigger cities would have to be an exception, you could just have part of the regional police force be a district that’s dedicated to that city,” Christie told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg in an exclusive interview. “I don’t think there’s any reason why it can’t work.”

Gov. Chris Christie speaks exclusively with 1010 WINS reporter Steve Sandberg

With the budget ax falling on police and fire departments across the state, Christie said it’s time New Jersey focuses on improving public safety by spending less.

“Fear is the biggest roadblock of people giving something up,” Christie said. “What they also need to understand is if they don’t want to give something up then their taxes are going to continue to go up.”

Along with dissolving the 500-plus local police units, Christie wants to consolidate fire departments.

“It’s just too expensive and it doesn’t necessarily contribute to public safety to have all that brass,” Christie said. “Part of the cost you got to talk about here too is equipment – every municipality buying these big, expensive fire trucks that some of them may not be used all that often, let’s regionalize that as well.”

Camden, Somerset and Morris counties are considering the change.

“I’m not saying that every municipality has to make this choice, but then if they don’t they lose their right to complain,” Christie said.

Christie spoke with Sandberg following a town hall meeting in Nutley Thursday morning on the makeover of the Xanadu complex.

He also commented on a recent poll conducted by Zogby Interactive where he gained the most support from Republicans in a hypothetical field of candidates who would beat President Barack Obama.

“When they’re saying they prefer me for some other job they’re not saying that they prefer me as a person, they don’t know me as a person, what they prefer are the policies that we’re pursuing and implementing here in New Jersey,” Christie said.

Christie, a rising star in the Republican party, received 19 percent of the support followed by Sarah Palin who received 13 percent.

The Garden State governor wonders why he continues to be included in polls regarding a presidential run since he has repeatedly insisted that he’s not running.

“That’s good for New Jersey that we’re getting that kind of positive attention around the country, so as long as it continues, despite my protests to the contrary, I’m going to make sure that we use it the best way we can for New Jersey,” Christie.

  • J

    All OF YOU ARE OUT OF THEIR MINDS.. It will never work and keep thinking that our taxes will go down! that WILL NEVER HAPPEN.. I see Christie has brainwashed a lot of you.. Shame

  • Truth

    Sounds great to me. I live in a small half duplex, my taxes are over 14 thousand. Half goes to the town, 40 percent goes to the county and 10 goes to state. I’m all for combining the police and fire. How is that other states taxes are much lower but are able to provide the same police/fire/ government services? All you hear about is how politicians are taking payoffs etc. Cut half of government. and cut half my taxes!

  • Vincent LoRe

    The Governor is right. We simply cannot maintain things any longer. There is no money. What is so difficult to understand? We must adjust, if we are to maintain the best police and fire fighter service. possible It’s for the good of all the citizens of NJ.

  • Ted

    Finally someone who gets it. He must be reading my mind. Come on up to Bergen County and see how ridiculous it is with all the separate police and fires units. There is no reason why this wouldn’t work – except the overpaid police will be out screaming how they can;t afford to live on their measly salaries. Of course 75% of them will then walk off and climb into their BMW’s or Mercedes and drive home to their McMansions. 20 years and out on a lottery annuity – that the rest of us pay for. Cut the local depts and raise retirement to 62 + minimum of 20 years service. No more retirees in their mid 40’s.

    • 20&out

      Hey TED Im 40 and retired from LE ! stop hating and take the test :)

    • Kazoo

      ted think logically(I know this is a stretch), do you really think having police officers on the street when they are in their 50’s is smart. they would get hurt and even more importantly the public would be less served. The gov is talking about combining the administations of the departments to save $$$

      • Ted

        Kazoo – if they can’t be on the street at 50, put them in administrative roles. They can do reports, write tickets and transfer them to other functions outside of the PD to handle public administrative work. Quite frankly – you think they can’t function on the street in their 50’s? Why, are they not physically capable. How about women police – know any? You think they are capable in their 20’s. I know several officers, none of them want to be partnered with women because they are not physically capable of doing the job? Are you ready to ban them – maybe you need to think logically as well.


    It’s time to throw what’s left of the middle class under the bus. We don’t need teachers (everying will be automated or outsourced to India & China), thus there won’t be any jobs. So, the kids won’t need to be educated. The army will patrol the streets and put out fires, so we can fire the police or fire fighters.

    The rich will be protected by gated communities. This the future. The Republicans and Democrates will mirror each other, so there will be not need for domocracy.

    Get over it. THIS IS THE FUTURE!!!

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